Two Arrested But More Suspects Sought

In W.E. Willis robbery in September

Patrick Gentry
November 08, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Nearly two months after a kidnapping that left an Upstate couple brutalized, Greenville County deputies say they have made two arrests.

Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown on Thursday announced that Mark Allen Wright of Travelers Rest and Jack Corris of Foreman of Pahokee, FL had been charged.

(Photos: Top- Mark Allen Wright/Bottom-Jack Corris Foreman)



During the course of investigation, investigators discovered that Wright, Foreman and several other unidentified suspects conspired to commit the brutal attack and robbery that occurred on the 25th of September.

The incident began at the W.E. Willis store, located at 3601 Hwy. 414 and involved the suspects waiting in the bushes for Mr. Willis to exit his store. Once he did so, the subjects brutally attacked him, before binding him with zip-ties.

The suspect’s then kidnapped Mr. Willis and took him to his residence on Sweetgum Road, where they encountered Mrs. Willis inside.
Once inside, the suspects bound Mrs. Willis and continued to tortured the victims for 30-40 minutes before ultimately shooting and stabbing Mrs. Willis. The suspects ransacked the residence and fled in a vehicle belonging to the Willis’ with an undisclosed amount of cash.

At approximately 7:00am, on September 25th, investigators discovered the vehicle belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Willis and collected a piece of evidence that was eventually tested for DNA.

Investigators later collected another article of evidence, near Bates Crossing Road, that also contained DNA; leading investigators to the names Foreman and Wright.

On November 7th, investigators conducted several search warrants, including one in Palm Beach County, Florida and subsequently apprehended Mark Allen Wright and Jack Corris Foreman.
Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown is extremely appreciative to our entire team of investigators, including our assisting agencies: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Ashville City PD, the Department of Public Safety, SLED, the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and various federal agencies.

Mrs. Willis’ remains in the hospital, in critical condiction. The investigation is ongoing as investigators continue following leads to hopefully identify the other suspects involved and request for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

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